Facebook, Twitter, MeWe most popular social platforms for OpenSim grids

Google Plus used to be a favorite place for grids and event organizers and residents to post announcements and discuss topics of interest to the community.

Now that’s gone, it’s harder to keep track of what’s happening in OpenSim, with news scattered in hundreds of different communities, forums, calendars, and different social media platforms.

Facebook and Twitter dominate, with newcomer MeWe gaining ground among community members. But there are also OpenSim-specific sites, like OpenSim World and the just-launched 2Do site, as well as individual grid websites, blogs and calendars.

Number of grids using each communication channel. Many grids use more than one.

OpenSim World

The best place to look for events on the hypergrid is OpenSim World’s Upcoming Events.

OpenSim World is also the top place to showcase regions, and a free beacon and HUD is available from on the OpenSim World region on OSgrid, hypergrid address hg.osgrid.org:80:OpenSimWorld.

(Image via OpenSimWorld.)

“My weekly Monday parties are posted in OpenSim World,” said Chimerus grid owner SkyFlier NorthStar. The event listing is associated with the region it’s on, Chimerus Welcome.

The OpenSim World events can also be fed into an aggregation site, like the brand-new site 2Do.

2Do Hypergrid Events

After HYPEevents shut down a few months ago, Speculoos grid owner Olivier van Helden decided to fork its code and relaunch the platform as 2Do Hypergrid Events.

“The events display shows the next 16 events, links to the website for the full detailed list, and allow to teleport directly from the board”, van Helden told Hypergrid Business. “The events are collected from several sources of different formats, including two dozens of grids and OpenSImWorld.”

It’s a brand new site, and there still might be bugs, he admitted.

“The roadmap is growing as fast as I code,” he said. “I keep finding possible improvements at each fix. At the top of the list, there are interfaces for some CMS, in-world multi-column display, maybe with a filter by category.”

He also said he plans to add images to the listings, and support for in-world search.

2Do’s in-world teleport board. (Image courtesy Olivier van Helden.)

People who want to add individual events should post them to OpenSim World, van Helden said, and the system will automatically pick them up. Grid owners who want their calendars added to the list, and already have their calendars in a compatible format like iCal or Google Calendar, can email van Helden directly at dev@2do.pm. More information is on the site, in the”PAQ” section.

The feed can be easily embedded in an in-world display, with live hypergrid links. Or you can buy the 2Do event listing board on the Kitely Market for $1.

The site is less a destination in and of itself as much as an aggregation service of listings from all the grid calendars and OpenSim World events, but it should be extremely useful for anyone looking to find upcoming events.

MeWe

Another new option with OpenSim users is MeWe. You do have to be a member to access the listings, but once you sign up, you’ll find a number of familiar groups, including OpenSim Virtual, The Adult Metaverse, Fashionistas of the Hypergrid, Metaworld, and Metaverse Authors.

Grids on the platform include Kitely, 3rd Rock Grid, Littlefield Grid, and Discovery Grid.

“Since the demise of Google Plus, we have been using MeWe,” said 3rd Rock Grid board member Tara Dockery, also known as Thoria Millgrove in world.

Third Rock also uses other channels to communicate with residents, including an event calendar and an announcements page on its website, as well as a Facebook group.

“Events of community interest, including shows, are generally announced on both MeWe and Facebook,” she told Hypergrid Business.

High-profile members include Talla Adam of Metaverse Traveller, Selby Evans of Virtual Outworlding, Leighton Marjoram of the Out and Proud Grid, Mal Burns of Metaworld Broadcasting, Nara Malone of Nara’s Nook, Luna Lunaria of the Lunaria Emporium,

“Most of us moved to MeWe, which is very Google Plus like,” said Virtual Dreamz owner Linda van Kleef, who posts as Linda Diva on MeWe.

MeWe also makes it easy to see photos, videos, and events associated with the groups you follow, and get updated on new posts. The platform reported that it had more than 4 million members in March,

However, none of the posts are accessible to the general public. If you want to tell your friends about something posted in MeWe, they have to sign up first. That makes it difficult to use the platform for social sharing.

In October, MeWe tweeted that it will have public pages “later this fall.” That month, CEO Mark Weinstein also said on Reddit that public posts are coming. ” Before the end of the year we are also launching ‘Open Posts’ on MeWe which will allow all MeWe members to use their profiles as public facing with the ability to make public posts and have followers on their profiles too.” He added that in “early 2019” the open posts will be indexable and searchable by search engines and visible to the public.

“Most importantly we are committed to protecting our members and their data, so we are carefully exploring how best to do this,” he said.

If they fix the lack of public access, MeWe will be a very solid and usable alternative to Facebook for OpenSim communities.

Discord

Some grids and communities have been experimenting with Discord, which is a text and voice chat platform — kind of like Skype, but specifically oriented towards gaming communities.

Hypergrid Explorers and Creators has a Discord group, for example, one of the biggest OpenSim-related ones on the platform.

The group is a home for general OpenSim discussion, but it also has a number of sub-channels — including ones for Kitely, Craft, DigiWorldz, Encore Escape, FrancoGrid, Discovery, Great Canadian Grid, Littlefield, Metropolis, OSgrid, Tangle, Tranquility, and 3rd Rock Grid. But most have hardly any activity. The Kitely sub-channel for example, has only had one post in the last three months.

As with MeWe, you have to be a member of Discord to access a community, and you also have to be an invited member of the particular group. This isn’t always easy to figure out — I had to ask for a second invite to get into Hypergrid Explorers and Creators before it took.

To invite new people to your Discord group, you need to click on the down arrow next to the group name — at the top left of the screen, and then click on “Invite People.” You’ll get a link that you can share. Make sure to check “Set this link to never expire” if you don’t want it to go dead within a day.

Inviting people to a Discord group.

“We have a Discord site and it does a lot to keep our members informed,” DreamNation grid owner Waki Janus told Hypergrid Business. “But you have to be a member of DreamNation to join our Discord site. And as you will remember you can’t join DreamNation unless you are referred by an existing member who is in good standing with us.”

DreamNation is currently the most popular closed grid by active monthly users.

“We never used Google for events and don’t miss it,” Janus added.

Other OpenSim organizations on Discord include OpenSim Fest and Nara’s Nook — these are separate communities, not just subchannels on Hypergrid Explorers and Creators, and are both pretty active.

Nara’s Nook also uses Discord to handle the voice when it holds its meetings in a browser-based version of its grid. You can read more about their browser-based meeting venue in the post Nara’s Nook Launches Greyville in your browser.

Personally, when choosing between MeWe and Discord, I prefer MeWe. It’s significantly easier to navigate and more slightly more accessible than Discord. The sharing link is right there, at the bottom left of every page, and the design is bright and cheerful.

The lack of public access options, however, does make it less useful for communicating with a general audience.

Facebook

There are about 40 grids in our database that have Facebook pages or groups, making it the single most popular social media platform for OpenSim users.

And since so many people are already on Facebook, it can be a great way to reach new people, to announce events, and to hold discussions. Facebook has been getting a lot of bad press lately, though, and some grids prefer to avoid it on principle.

On a positive note, Facebook makes it very easy to share posts, and if you have a link to a post you can usually just go and see it, without having to sign up first.

OpenSim Virtual is also on Facebook, where it has more than 200 members.

Kitely has both a page and a group on Facebook. Like 3rd Rock and many other grids, it uses multiple communication channels. In addition to its MeWe presence, and its Twitter page it also has a very vibrant community on its own forum, Plus, there’s the company blog for longer posts.

“The viewer login page is publicly accessible and also displays new items recently added to Kitely Market, and new posts published to our forums,” said Ilan Tochner, Kitely’s co-founder and CEO.

Kitely also has a Google Calendar that anyone can subscribe to, or embed on their blog or in their own calendar.

Twitter

Twitter is a great place to get up-to-the-minute news announcements about grid notices, or to follow favorite personalities. Many grids have Twitter accounts — see the full list at the bottom of this article — and to make it easier, I’ve pulled them all together into the Hypergrid Business OpenSim Grids Twitter List.

Also, check out the Hypergrid Business OpenSim Voices Twitter List for interesting people in the OpenSim community.

Internet Relay Chat

I remember IRC from back when I was in college, back when computers were still hand-carved out of stone.

But it’s still going strong, and if you urgently want to get hold of some expert OpenSim users, try the OpenSim IRC WebChat or the OpenSim Developers IRC WebChat.

Another place to find developers is at the weekly developer outreach meeting at OSgrid, which is held on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time, at hg.osgrid.org:80:Dev Outreach.

Lots of previous meetings are posted online on the OpenSim Wiki.

For some people, the developer groups are their main way of staying in touch with the OpenSim community.

“I can’t say I am posting to any sites or communities for the time being, with the exception indirectly through mentions in the OpenSim dev meeting chat log,” said XMIR grid founder Geir Nøklebye. He is currently working on a new viewer for OpenSim, called Dayturn, which does have its own community forum — and he does post there, as well.

Dayturn is an alternative to Firestorm that’s designed specifically to work in OpenSim, without all the Second Life-related bells and whistles, and comes in a school-friendly non-RVL version, and also with RLV support for more, um, adult activities. (RLV stands for “Restrained Life Viewer.”)

Grid websites

For many grids, their websites are the main way the use to communicate with the public.

“We keep it simple, everything is done via our website,” said AnonGrid founder Christopher Doyon, also known as Commander X. The only social media the grid uses is Twitter, and the posts are also embedded on the site, he told Hypergrid Business. For sharing information, he also uses Pastebin, where you can find the press release about his next book, American Gestapo.

DynamicWorldz uses its website to share content with the broader community.

“I have recently started a public archive of Magnus Binders free terrains,” said grid owner Danny Cruise. The terrains are available on the grid’s Free Terrains page, and also on the grid’s Terrain Store region, at grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002:Terrain Store.

But the grid also has a social media presence, including a Facebook page, a Facebook group, a Twitter page, and listings on OpenSimWorld.

Grid Links List

Grid Link Platform Who can view? Who can post?
3rd Life Grid 3rdLife Grid Facebook Public Public
3rd Rock Grid 3rdrockgrid Facebook Public Public
3rd Rock Grid 3rd Rock Grid (3RG) MeWe Member Member
3rd Rock Grid @3rdRockGrid Twitter Public Owner
3rd Rock Grid 3rd Rock Grid Calendar Grid Calendar Public Public
3rd Rock Grid 3rd Rock News Blog Public Owner
3rd Rock Grid 3rd Rock Blogs Blog Public Owner
Alife Virtual Alife Virtual Facebook Public Public
Ancient Rome Ancient Rome Facebook Public Public
AnonGrid @HyperiaGrid Twitter Public Owner
AnSky AnSky Grid Community Facebook Public Public
AnSky AnSky Event Calendar Grid Calendar Public Owner
Atek Grid ATEK Grid Facebook Public Public
AviWorlds AviWorlds Grid Facebook Public Public
AviWorlds @avi_worlds Twitter Public Owner
Baller Nation BallerNation GRID Facebook Public Public
Chimerus Chimerus Grid Facebook Public Public
Craft World Craft World Grid Facebook Public Public
Craft World Craft Events Grid Calendar Public Owner
DigiWorldz DigiWorldz LLC Facebook Public Public
DigiWorldz @digiworldz Twitter Public Owner
DigiWorldz DigiWorldz Calendar Grid Calendar Public Member
Discovery Grid Discovery Grid MeWe Member Member
Discovery Grid Discover Grid Calendar Google Calendar Public Owner
Encore Escape The Encore Escape Facebook Public Public
Encore Escape @EncoreEscape Twitter Public Owner
Eros Resort List of upcoming events Grid Calendar Public Owner
Eros Resort Eros Resort Forum Forum Public Member
Eros Resort BCI3D Eros Resort/Venus YouTube Public Owner
Eureka World Eureka World Facebook Public Public
Forgotten Realities Forgotten Realities Facebook Public Public
FrancoGrid FrancoGrid Facebook Public Public
Gevolution Gevolution Facebook Public Public
Great Canadian Grid The Great Canadian Grid Facebook Public Public
Great Canadian Grid GCG EVENTS iCal Calendar Public Public
Great Canadian Grid Great Canadian Grid Forum Forum Member Member
GreekLife GreekLife Virtual World Facebook Public Public
JokaydiaGrid JokaydiaGRID Facebook Public Public
JokaydiaGrid @jokaydiaGrid Twitter Public Owner
Kalasiddhi Grid Kalasiddhi_Grid Twitter Public Owner
Keng City Grid ♛KENG CITY♛ Facebook Public Member
Kitely Kitely Facebook Public Public
Kitely @Kitely Twitter Public Owner
Kitely Kitely Events Calendar Google Calendar Public Member
Kitely Kitely Board Forum Public Member
Littlefield Littlefield Grid Facebook Public Public
Littlefield @LittlefieldGrid Twitter Public Owner
Littlefield Littlefield Grid MeWe Member Member
Logicamp Logicamp Grid Facebook Public Public
Metropolis Metropolis-Events Grid Calendar Public Public
Metropolis MetroForum Forum Public Member
Mobius Grid Mobius Grid Facebook Public Public
Mobius Grid @Mobius_Team Twitter Public Owner
Mobius Grid Mobius Grid News Blog Public Owner
Naras Nook Nara Malone Facebook Public Public
Naras Nook @nara_malone Twitter Public Owner
Naras Nook Nara Malone Discord Member Member
Nextlife World NextLife-World Facebook Public Public
OpenSimulator Community Conference @opensimcc Twitter Public Owner
OSgrid OSGrid Facebook Public Public
OSgrid @osgrid Twitter Public Owner
OSgrid OSgrid Events Forum Public Member
OSgrid OSgrid Board Forum Public Member
OurGrid Life OurGrid Life Facebook Public Public
OurGrid Life @opensimlife Twitter Public Owner
Panthera Grid Panthera Grid Facebook Public Public
Rev World ☩✞Rev World✞☩ Facebook Public Public
Rev World @RevWorldVirtual Twitter Public Owner
Sacrarium Sacrarium Grid Facebook Public Public
Sacrarium @sacrarium24 Twitter Public Owner
Social Mouse Social Mouse Weekly Schedule Google Calendar Public Owner
Tag Grid Tag Grid Facebook Public Public
Tag Grid @Tag_Grid Twitter Public Owner
Tangle Grid Tangle Grid Facebook Public Public
Tangle Grid @TanGLeGrid Twitter Public Owner
Tangle Grid TanGLe Grid Events Google Calendar Public Owner
The Public World The Public World Facebook Public Public
Tranquility Tranquility Grid Facebook Public Public
Utopia Skye @UtopiaSkyeGrid Twitter Public Owner
Virtual Islands Virtual-Islands Facebook Public Public
Virtual Life Brasil Comunidade Virtual Life Brasil Facebook Public Public
Virtual Life Brasil @virtuallifebras Twitter Public Owner
Virtuality Grid Virtuality Grid Facebook Public Public
Virtuality Grid @VirtualityGrid Twitter Public Owner
Xmir @xmirgrid Twitter Public Owner
ZetaWorlds @zwgrid Twitter Public Owner

Am I missing anything? Email me at maria@hypergridbusiness.com.

I’m also going to add all this information to the Active Grids List, as soon as I write the script to get it out of my database.



Source: Hypergrid Business